Can they shake off their disappointment of not reaching the playoffs and focus on spoiling things for the Rockies? Can they show their fans that the Dodgers-Giants rivalry still means something, despite the fact that both teams have settled to the bottom of the NL West? Do the Dodgers' final six games really mean anything?
The Dodgers think they do.
"There is probably not going to be as much adrenaline flowing," outfielder
Andre Ethier said. "But if you're in a close game against a team that's in it
and you have a chance to knock them out, you can get those juices flowing."
The Dodgers have plenty of reason to get those juices flowing. One starts
with the Rockies, the team that essentially ended the Dodgers' chances of
playing October baseball. It was the Rockies who swept the Dodgers in a
four-game series at Coors Field last week and moved to within one game of the
wild-card lead with an eight-game winning streak. The Rockies will play three
games at Dodger Stadium this week and the Dodgers are in position to return the
"We're big-league ballplayers," veteran outfielder Luis Gonzalez said. "We've
got a lot of pride. Colorado has been playing well and they're starting to feel
the itch of trying to sneak into the playoffs."
The final three games of the season will be against the Giants and
essentially be for pride. The Giants are another team that undermined the
Dodgers' playoff hopes by winning two of three games in a recent series at AT&T
Park. They went 4-14 in the 18 games that followed that weekend series.
"Luckily enough, we're closing out against our rivals," Ethier said. "It's a
good series to wrap up our season with. Too bad it has to be the last games of
"No matter the situation, up or down, in a race or not in a race, it comes
down to just doing your job and doing it well."
Notes and Quotes
--RHP Jonathan Broxton returned to the mound and pitched one perfect inning
Sunday. It was his first appearance since Sept. 19, when he gave up a home run
to the Rockies' Brad Hawpe and later said his arm was a little sore. "I'm not
going to try to rush back," Broxton said. "I don't want to get hurt in the last
eight games of the season."
--RHP Jonathan Meloan has allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings (6.23 ERA)
since being recalled at the beginning of September. He's also walked six and
struck out five. "He's gotten himself into a couple of jams and gotten himself
out of a couple of jams," manager Grady Little said of his young reliever. "He's
got good stuff and we feel like he's got a good future. He's got to make sure
--SS Rafael Furcal has missed the last six games with stiffness in his lower
back. He tried taking swings during batting practice in Arizona but was not yet
ready to resume playing. He continues to be listed as day to day.
--LHP Mark Hendrickson is 2-0 with a 3.02 ERA as a Dodgers relief pitcher,
dating back to Sept. 2, 2006.
--OF Juan Pierre leads the National League with 20 sacrifice bunts and is the
hardest batter to strike out in the league this season. Pierre fans once every
19.4 at-bats. Houston's Mark Loretta is second with one strikeout for every 12.2
By the Numb3rs
: 23 -- The number of runs by which the Dodgers have been
outscored during their third six-game losing streak of the season.
*M*A*S*H* 4077 Report
INF Tony Abreu (sore hip flexor) was injured in the Sept. 23 game and is day
INF Ramon Martinez (hyperextended left elbow) was injured on Sept. 18, and
may not return this season.
SS Rafael Furcal (stiff lower back) took himself out of the first game of the
doubleheader on Sept. 18. He didn't play Sept. 19-23, and he is day-to-day.
RHP Derek Lowe (bruised right hand) missed his Sept. 12 start, but he was
back on the mound Sept. 15 and pitched seven strong innings.
LHP Randy Wolf (tender left shoulder) went on the disabled list July 4. He
pitched on a rehab assignment July 25 but emerged with more shoulder irritation.
He had season-ending surgery Sept. 5.
OF Jason Repko (torn left hamstring) opened the season on the disabled list.
He had surgery March 28 and is expected to be out for the season. He was moved
to the 60-day disabled list Aug. 29.
LHP Hong-Chih Kuo (sore left elbow) went on the disabled list retroactive to
July 1. He had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip from his left elbow
July 25. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 4, and he is out for the
RHP Chin-hui Tsao (strained right shoulder) went on the disabled list July
15. He was ready to start a throwing program in early August, but renewed pain
put those plans on hold.
RHP Jason Schmidt (sore right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list
retroactive to June 17. He underwent exploratory surgery on June 20, and a torn
labrum was discovered. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 13
and will miss the rest of the season.
RHP Yhency Brazoban (strained right shoulder) went on the disabled list June
1. He cut short a throwing session June 15, and he was subsequently diagnosed
with a torn labrum. He underwent surgery June 22 and is out for the season.